IOWA CITY, Iowa — Few rivalry matchups in sports have the longstanding personal connections quite like Iowa-Wisconsin wrestling.
Yes, the series is uneven (76-8-3) with the Hawkeyes claiming 37 of the last 38 duals. But the No. 1 and No. 2 winningest wrestlers in Iowa history sit on opposite sides of the mat for the dual set for Friday night.
Wisconsin coach Barry Davis owns the Hawkeyes’ school record for most career wins (162) and victories in a season (46). Davis, 55, won three state high school titles at nearby Cedar Rapids Prairie and then claimed three national titles at Iowa. He was an Olympic silver medalist in 1984. In 23 seasons with the Badgers, Davis owns a 219-158-11 record.
Iowa coach Tom Brands ranks second in career wins at Iowa (158) and season victories (45). Brands, like Davis, won three national titles with the Hawkeyes. Brands also won an Olympic gold medal in 1996. In 11 seasons at Iowa, Brands boasts a 187-19-1 record.
While the schools may be rivals, plenty of Iowa wrestling fans have fond feelings and respect for Davis.
Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin meet time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, Feb. 3
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Rankings: Wisconsin (3-4, 1-4 Big Ten) is ranked No. 16; Iowa (8-2, 4-1 Big Ten) is ranked No. 3
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin?
No television station will broadcast the meet.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin online?
BTN will stream the meet both from its BTN2GO app and from the BTN.com website.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin meet?
Steven Grace will handle play-by-play with analyst Mark Ironside for KXIC.
Iowa wrestling vs. Wisconsin key matchup
165: No. 3 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) vs. Joey Gunther (Iowa)
Jordan (17-1) is the reigning Big Ten wrestler of the week after a sterling 6-4 comeback win in overtime against Penn State’s No. 4-ranked Vincenzo Joseph last Friday. Joseph led 4-2 with 10 seconds left when Jordan scored a last-second reversal to send the match into overtime. Jordan took down Joseph 30 seconds into overtime for the win. Jordan is 3-1 in his career against Iowa wrestlers.
A freshman, Gunther (14-4) lost three of four tough matches before earning a 3-0 victory against Ohio State’s Cody Burcher last week.